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Sustainable Management of Available Water Resources with Innovative Technologies (SMART II) - Brackish Water Usage

Sustainable Management of Available Water Resources with Innovative Technologies (SMART II) - Brackish Water Usage
Contact:

Fritz H. Frimmel, Gudrun Abbt-Braun, Florencia Saravia

Funding:

BMBF

Period

2010-2012

Description

The SMART research project has the goal of developing a transferable approach for Integrated Water Resources Management (IWRM) in the water shortage region of the Lower Jordan Valley. In this context the following questions play a central role:

  • How to increase the water availability and water quality in the catchment area of the Lower Jordan River without endanger vital ecosystems and social and economical welfare?
  • Which innovative technologies, decision support systems and management strategies can be applied in a reasonable and effective way for a sustainable use of water resources?

Therein, the work package “Brackish water usage” deals with the potential and challenges of an implementation of membrane technologies for the treatment of highly saline spring-, well- or groundwaters on a local level. Agricultural irrigation, groundwater recharge and drinking water supply have been identified as possible application areas.

http://www.iwrm-smart.org/

Project Partners

  • DVGW-Forschungsstelle am Engler-Bunte-Institut, Bereich Wasserchemie (KIT)
  • Institut für angewandte Geowissenschaften, Abteilung Hydrogeologie (KIT)
  • Umweltforschungszentrum Leipzig
  • Ben Guiron University (Israel)
  • Geowissenschaftliches Zentrum, Universität Göttingen
  • Jordan University of Amman (Jordan)
  • ECO Consult (Jordan)
  • Ministry of Water and Irrigation (Jordan)
  • Palestinian Hydrological Group (Palestine)
  • Palestinian Water Authority (Palestine)
  • Al-Quds University (Palestine)
  • Tel Aviv University (Israel)
  • Mekorot Co. Ltd. (Israel)
  • Environmental and Water Resources Engineering, Israel Institute of Technology, Haifa (Israel)
  • Al-Balqa’ University (Jordan)
  • Technologiezentrum Wasser, Karlsruhe
  • Stulz-Planaqua GmbH
  • ATB Umwelttechnik GmbH
  • Hans Huber AG